The idea that the same simple physical laws apply equally well in the terrestrial and celestial realms, called the Newtonian Synthesis, is a major intellectual development of the seventeenth century. It continues to be of vital importance in contemporary physics. In this course, we will explore the implications of this synthesis by combining Newton’s dynamical laws with his Law of Universal Gravitation. We will solve a wide range of problems of motion by introducing a small number of additional forces. The concepts of work, kinetic energy, and potential energy will then be introduced. Conservation laws of momentum, energy, and angular momentum will be discussed, both as results following from the dynamical laws under restricted conditions and as general principles that go well beyond the original context of their deduction. Newton’s laws will be applied to a simple continuous medium to obtain a wave equation as an approximation. Properties of mechanical waves will be discussed. Four hours of lecture and discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Requisite: MATH 111. Limited to 24 students. Admission with consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Hanneke.
If Overenrolled: Preference to first year students
Students having trouble registering should e-mail the instructor and show up on the first day of class.
Our textbook is University Physics with Modern Physics, Volume 1, 13th Edition. ISBN 9780321898012 or 9780321733382. Make sure to get the 13th edition; the "Technology Update" doesn't matter, so get whichever you can find. Used books are an order of magnitude cheaper! You do not need the Mastering Physics "bundle"; it's easier to buy the Mastering license online (instructions with the first homework).